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Who is Mr. Crispy?

 

 

Mr. Crispy is a character in my Purgatory series. He is a pyromaniac that gets caught in a blaze of his own making and dies.  He winds up in Purgatory sporting the scars of his sins.  Mr. Crispy is not his real name, but it is the name bestowed upon him by the Purgatorial community after his arrival. His skin is charred black and mottled with shiny swollen areas that constantly seep pus and plasma from eternally fresh wounds. Purgatory’s inhabitants bear the evidence of their sins for all to see and Mr. Crispy will be afflicted with his burns until a higher power sees fit to let him pass. This is a sentiment he begins to doubt as time creeps on and there is no communication or interaction with God. He feels he has surely atoned for any sins out of the agony of his existence alone and is beginning to think there is no place to move on to.

Mr. Crispy, formerly know as…well, you don’t get to know his real name yet, is a young man of undetermined age, however, I see him as being in his early teens. He is a typical teen, aside from a strong desire to burn things, but feels like an outsider because of his affliction. The fact he recognizes it as an affliction means he knows better than to do it, but lacks the self-control to fight the urge. This secret weighs upon him and defines his interaction with his friends; slightly introverted, guarded, and quick to make an excuse to bugger off from group activities. He would much rather spend time alone than with people so he doesn’t have to hide his dark side, his dark friend, as he often thinks of that part of himself.

Fire intrigues him and he has wielded it for so long that he feels in control of it. There was only one time that control slipped from his grasp, but since the fire was contained in his neighbor’s back yard and was extinguished quickly, his illusion of control held. His final battle with his dark friend made him realize how small and inconsequential he was compared to nature, and could have been a therapeutic turning point for him had he won. Tragic situations sometimes have a way of clearing one’s head and changing perspective, but all to often people don’t get the chance to use that realization to enact positive personal change. Maybe part of what makes situations like his so tragic is that the answer shows itself too late to help, like deciding too late the correct course of action to avoid an automotive collision.

His personality does not improve any after reaching Purgatory.  He loathes his situation, but is happy he is not in Hell, regardless of how much fire is there. He loathes his neighbors, except for the beautiful but troubled Annabelle, an ex porn-star with whom he is infatuated despite her…shall we say rather noticeable genitals. He is confused about the physics of Purgatory as it seems things are possible there that weren’t when he was alive; more of a dream-like state where his environment can change on a whim, leaving him often ill-prepared for his circumstances.  He is stuck in this suburban version of Hell and can find no peace.

Mr. Crispy has discovered a hidden side, a special place where he can go to another dimension, an escape from one Purgatory into another. This second Purgatory is more reminiscent of when he was alive and it draws him incessantly.  Spending time between the two realities has caused him to be confused as to which one is real, or if they both are real. His struggles are not only physical, but mental and psychological as well as he fights to figure out reality and reaffirm his sanity.  Will he figure out which dimension is real? Is it even possible? Will he learn the truth about where and who he is? Is there a Heaven or Hell?  The second reality and the ensuing struggle are introduced in Purgatory: Episode II. Both stories can be accessed by clicking on the pictures below or the hyperlinks in this post. I hope you get to meet Mr. Crispy, he is quite a character and his continued adventures will be chronicled in future episodes.  Happy reading.

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Malignant

A secret experimental laboratory is discovered and destroyed, but something is birthed in the dying inferno that escapes. Malignant is one of my flash fiction short stories available in the Tales From the Blue Gonk Anthology by Thirteen O’Clock Press.

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Leviathan

A winter camping trip spawns a fish tale that can’t be told.

My latest flash fiction short, Leviathan, is finished and will be featured in the short story anthology, The 13th Floor.

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Flip Flop

My flash fiction short, Flip Flop, will be featured in the second volume of the Tales From The Blue Gonk anthologies from Thirteen Press.

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Shadow Stalked

My short story, Shadow Stalked, is now available in the haunted pages of the Thirteen Press anthology, Get Me Out of Here! Click on the picture below to begin your journey into another great collection of today’s most talented horror writers. GET ME OUT OF HERE

 

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10:30 Short Film

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My step-daughter, Aimee, made a student short film from my short story, 10:30. She did a great job capturing the spirit of the story and I am happy to have been part of the process. I played the part of Thaddeus Rasputin, the main antagonist, and one of Aimee’s best friends, Gillian, played the protagonist.  Aimee’s first attempt at making a short film turned out great! She used music to help build suspense and displayed a natural talent for filmmaking through her cinematography and showcased it at the Bossier Instructional Center. She showed a level of filmography usually reserved for far more accomplished filmmakers which makes me believe she has the right stuff to go far in this business. She is to attend the University of New Orleans to major in film production this fall and I can’t wait to see what she is capable of. I am proud that she picked one of my short stories to use and even more proud of her for doing such a great job. Read the short story for free at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/499717, then click on the following link to see her film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPaF_RWqtSs. After the movie, there is a short interview with me, so stick around and witness the awkwardness of my first interview!

 

Thank You!

I want to thank everyone who voted for 10:30 in the P&E Reader’s Choice favorite short story poll for 2014. It finished in seventh position, which is incredible considering all the talented competition! I’m looking forward to the 2015 poll already.

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Trenchfoot is published

A soldier endures hell for the chance to return home to his daughter.

My short story, Trenchfoot, is in Thirteen Press’ War anthology.

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The Devil’s Work

Wesley Black has a penchant for human flesh and is serving three life sentences in Outpost 86, the world’s most remote prison in Antarctica. This is the story of the first time he died. The Devil’s work is never finished.

My short story, The Devil’s Work, is in Phantasmic, The Next Life.

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Children of Armageddon

My short story, Inundated, is in this anthology. I destroy Bossier City and most of the civilized world with a flood and unleash ancient giant carnivores in the process. Get a copy and enjoy the carnage!

 

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